Urban Myths on Sky Arts

New comedy series Urban Myths is coming to Sky Arts, with a cast including Katherine Parkinson and the late Carrie Fisher.


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The unique premise of Urban Myths is that each episode tells a different remarkable story about real, well-known people which may or may not have actually happened. The production company behind the series is Happy Tramp, who recently produced Morgana Robinson’s The Agency.

We can expect to see the first four episodes on Sky Arts in January and February, followed by more later in the year. Follow this link to see the trailer on Twitter.

Bob Dylan (19 January) with Eddie Marsan as Dylan, Paul Ritter as Dave Stewart and Katherine Parkinson as his wife Ange. Written by Neil Webster and directed by Ben Palmer. In this episode, music legend Bob Dylan plays an impromptu visit to his friend and fellow musician Dave Stewart at home, only to find that he’s got the wrong house.

Samuel Beckett and Andre the Giant (26 January) with David Threlfall as Beckett. Written by Neil Forsyth and directed by Ben Palmer. In this episode, a young Andre the Giant is driven to school by the playwright Samuel Beckett.

Hitler the Artist (2 February) with Iwan Rheon as Adolf Hitler and Rupert Grint as Gustl. Written by Ben Edwards and directed by Dan Zeff. In this episode, a young Adolf Hitler is trying and failing to pursue a career in art.

Cary Grant and Timothy Leary (9 February) with Ben Chaplin as Grant and  Aiden Gillen as Leary. Written by Ed Dyson and Roger Drew. In this episode, Hollywood leading man Ben Chaplin introduces psychologist Timothy Leary to LSD.

These first four episodes will be followed by:

Elizabeth, Michael & Marlon with Stockard Channing as Elizabeth Taylor, Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson, Brian Cox as Marlon Brando and Carrie Fisher as a diner waitress. Written by Neil Forsyth and directed by Ben Palmer. In this episode, long-time friends Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Jackson and Marlon Brando flee New York together after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Muhammad Ali with Noel Clarke as Ali. Written and produced by Neil Webster and directed by Ben Palmer. In this episode, the champion boxer talks a suicidal stranger down from a ledge.

The Sex Pistols with cast TBA. Written by Simon Nye. This episode will tell the story behind the punk band’s infamous appearance on the Bill Grundy show in 1976.

Salvador Dali and Alice Cooper with cast and crew TBA. In this episode, the surrealist summons the rock star to sit for him while he creates a hologram.

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